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A private search vessel found a French submarine that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea more than 50 years ago, according to French officials.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly made the announcement on Monday via Twitter in French.
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“We have just found the Minerve”, Parly’s translated tweet states. “It’s a success, a relief and a technical feat. I think of the families who have been waiting for this moment for so long.”
The Minerve submarine disappeared in France’s southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 17, 1968. Despite previous efforts over the years, search teams were never able to locate the submarine.
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The Minerve was performing an exercise with military aircraft when it disappeared at about 7:55 a.m., The Guardian reports. The submarine never returned to its base, and initial reports of the accident suggested that the submarine may have had rudder problems before it sank.
Parly announced a new search mission earlier this year after requests from the families of deceased sailors...
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